Creating an alphabet matching puzzle game

The theme for this month’s #BostikBlogger craft is ‘Back to school’. I was inspired by the letter stickers in this month’s craft box to create a fun alphabet matching puzzle game. This is perfect for a back to school craft and learning activity.

 

Letter squares and picture squares with a fabric bag covered in letter stickers - "Creating an alphabet matching puzzle game"

 

You will need:

  • A sheet of white card
  • Patterned paper
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A glue stick (we used a Bostik blu stick)
  • Letter stickers
  • Coloured pens
  • Scissors
  • A small fabric bag or a small box

 

1) Use the pencil and ruler to draw a grid on the piece of card measuring 20cm x 20cm with horizontal and vertical lines every 2.5cm. You should have a grid of 8 squares x 8 squares. Cut out around the edge of this grid.

 

An 8x8 grid of 2.5cm squares on a piece of white card

 

 

2) Turn the piece of card over and use the glue stick to cover the back with glue. Place the piece of patterned paper on top and trim the edges.

 

Spotty patterned paper and a Bostik blu stick

 

 

3) Turn the piece of card back over and stick letter stickers in the first 26 squares to create the alphabet squares.

 

Letter stickers in a grid

 

 

4) Draw a picture of something that starts with each letter in the next 26 squares and colour them in. I chose fairly simple pictures, such as an apple, a bee, a cat etc. If drawing isn’t your forte then you could print out some small pictures to represent each letter and stick them on each square instead.

 

The letter stickers and pictures drawn on the grid

 

 

5) Carefully cut out each square. You could keep a couple of the blank ones for spares if you wish.

 

6) Decorate the fabric bag or box with any remaining letter stickers and store the alphabet letter and picture squares inside.

 

Sophie putting letter stickers on the fabric bag

 

 

The alphabet letter and picture squares can be used for a variety of games and learning activities. I started off by giving Sophie the letter squares which she then put in alphabetical order while I lined up the picture squares for her. She then matched each picture square to the correct letter.

 

Sophie matching pictures to the correct letter

 

We also used the squares to play a matching pairs game. This time we turned all the squares over so the patterned side was facing up. We then took it in turns to turn over two squares and see who could match the most pairs. This is a good game for helping with memory. If 26 pairs are too much for younger children, you could reduce the number of pairs used in this game.

 

Sophie holding an "A" square and an apple picture square with the rest face down on the table

 

If you have any other ideas for games and learning activities that we could do with our alphabet squares, please do let me know in the comments!

 

We were sent a box of Bostik craft materials as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger

 

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